Youth Leadership:

    Boy Scouting is youth-led. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is elected by the

Scouts and is responsible for running the activities of the Troop, including

meetings and campouts. The Troop elects one Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and

the SPL chooses a second ASPL. The ASPLs help the SPL and fill in when the

SPL can’t be there.

    Other positions are Chaplain Aide, Den Chiefs for Cub Scout Dens,

especially in our partner at Minnehaha, Pack 1, Historian, Librarian, Patrol

Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders, Quartermaster, Patrol Quartermasters, Scribe,

and Troop Guide.

    The Patrol Leader Council (PLC) is made up of the SPL and the Patrol

Leaders. PLCs are generally held at 6:30 p.m. on the Monday after a campout or,

in months with no campout. on the first Monday of the month at Minnehaha.

There aren’t Troop meetings on PLC Mondays. The Quartermaster and Patrol

Quartermasters may meet then to make sure that the Troop’s equipment is in

good shape and ready to use.

    Scouts pass along ideas for Troop activities and outings to their Patrol

Leaders to bring to the PLC. They discuss these ideas to build the Troop’s plan.

The general plan for the year is developed at the PLC’s winter and summer

planning meetings and refined at monthly PLC meetings before approval by the

Troop Committee. The Troop Committee’s review is generally limited to ensuring

that the plan is financially do-able and in conformance with the health and safety

guidelines of the Guide to Safe Scouting for Unit Activities. There's also semi-

annual training for boy leaders that generally happens on a Friday night-into-

Saturday lock-in.


    Patrols are the basic unit in the Troop. Boys joining the Troop are assigned

to a patrol.

    The members of the Patrol elect a Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leader selects

his Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) and Patrol Quartermaster. The APL and Patrol

Quartermaster take direction from the Patrol Leader. The APL acts as Patrol

Leader in the PL’s absence. The Patrol Leader is responsible for leading patrol

meetings, assigning duties at campouts, maintaining order within the Patrol, and

representing the Patrol at the PLC.


    Troop elections are normally held quarterly. Scouts may be nominated by others or nominate themselves. Elections are held

by secret ballot and, to be elected, a Scout must receive a majority of the votes of

Scouts present in the Troop or in the patrol. If multiple ballots are held, the Scout

receiving the lowest number of votes is dropped from consideration on the

second and each subsequent ballot. Ranked-choice voting may be used.